Like many happy things in life, this book is the result of an advantageou
combination of good fortune, enabling opportunity, and considerabl
personal and institutional assistance. It started as a doctoral dissertatio
at Griffith University, where it benefited enormously from the carefu
guidance and expert advice offered by my supervisors, Gillian Swanso
and Dugald Williamson, and the warm encouragement extended by th
members of the examination committee: Jane Crisp, Alexander Dot
Barbara Creed, and Edward Baron Turk. I thank themall for the kin
enthusiasmand generosity with which they read and responded to m
At Duke University Press, Richard Morrison provided diligent edito
rial support for the project, and two anonymous readers gave invaluabl
feedback on ways to hone and strengthen the book’s major argument
and claims.
The Department of English at the University of Melbourne furnishe
an accommodating and intellectually stimulating context within whic
to achieve the often arduous tasks of redevelopment and rewriting. I ow
particular thanks to my Heads of Department, Simon During and Ke
Ruthven, for their unflagging commitment to the value of my researc
work. I would also like to extend special thanks to two of my colleague
in the Cultural Studies Program, Chris Healy and Annamarie Jagose, fo
their guidance and support through what has been an enormously stee
learning curve and for their personal and professional magnanimity.
Many others contributed both directly and indirectly to the realiza
tion of this project. I would like to thank Nick Adams, Steven Angelide
Annita Boyd, Jodi Brooks, Marion Campbell, Melissa Connell, Fran
Davies, Emma Felton, John Hirsch, Nichole Matthews, Sue Strong, An
drew Surrey, and Chris Tennant. I amalso grateful to the many ga
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